NFL Cougar Highlights: Week 12

ONCE AGAIN THE Washington State alum with the asterisk turned in the most noteworthy performance of any Cougar playing in the NFL, and this time Chris Ivory did it in front of a Thanksgiving Day audience.

The New Orleans running back—evicted from the Palouse after three injury-plagued and controversial seasons before finishing his collegiate career at tiny Tiffin University—added more pages to his rookie season scrapbook on Thursday. Although carrying the ball just seven times against Dallas, two of those touches resulted in first half touchdowns for the Saints.

Early season injuries to Big Easy backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas opened the hole for Ivory and he's made the most of it. Despite starting just four games, he leads the Saints in rushing with 519 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and ranks eighth among all NFC runners.

Here's how the NFL Cougs performed in week 12:

Hamza Abdullah, S, Arizona, 6th season: Declared inactive for the Cardinals' 27-6 fall to San Fran on Monday night.

Husain Abdullah, S, Minnesota, 3rd season: Posted five tackles (3 solo) in the Vikings' 17-13 defeat of Washington.

Tyron Brackenridge, CB, Jacksonville, 4th season: No recorded stats from the Jags' 24-20 fall to the New York Giants.

Erik Coleman, S, Atlanta, 7th season: The Spokane native recorded no stats in the Falcons' 20-17 defeat of Green Bay.

Jed Collins, FB, New Orleans, 2nd season : Did not play; assigned to the Saints' practice squad.

Eric Frampton, S, Minnesota, 4th season: Declared inactive (hamstring) in the Vikings' 17-13 victory against the Redskins.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis, 2nd season: The Puyallup native caught three passes for 29 yards in the Rams' 36-33 win against Denver.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 19th season: For the third consecutive week, the Spokane native was declared inactive (knee) for the Lions' 45-24 Thanksgiving day loss to New England.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Philadelphia, 5th season: The Ghost caught one pass for 4 yards and ran once for another 2 yards in the Eagles' 31-26 loss to Chicago.

Jason Hill, WR, Jacksonville, 4th season :Caught his first pass of the season—a 15-yard reception—in the Jags' 24-20 loss to the Giants.

Chris Ivory, RB, New Orleans, rookie :Scored two first half touchdowns on runs of 3 and 6 yards in the Saints' 30-27 Thanksgiving day victory over Dallas. For the day, Ivory rushed for 38 yards on 7 carries.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 11th season: The Vancouver native connected on one PAT and three field goal attempts including a 49-yard kick with two seconds remaining in regulation that forced the game into overtime. No happy ending for the Bills, however, as they lost 16-13.

Karl Paymah, DB, Houston, 6th season :Did not play; out for the remainder of the season on injured reserve (wrist).

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, New York Jets, 2nd season: Did not play; out for the season on injured reserve (achilles).

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 8th season: The Tacoma native posted four tackles (3 solo) and recovered a fumble in the Seahawks' 42-24 loss to Kansas City. Tru was carted off the field in the first quarter with a leg injury, but returned before halftime.

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